August 13, 2022
That’s it. Those are the shorts to get.
To claim the best shorts is useless since so many unique preferences and body shapes dictate what is best for you, but I have no second doubt on what I’m wearing for every lap unless I go straight spandex or pants for the winter.
When picking out shorts, what I’m looking for is something that will have a construction that is light and breathable, but also tough enough to take the abuse of the ride. Pockets need to be in the right place, the right size, and secure. And the fit needs to be comfortable, flexible, and adjustable.
The fit is dialed. In my riding network, many friends have these shorts and most also agree that the fit works. They come in the traditional waist sizes but also add a big booty version for riders that have extra in the trunk. I would have guessed I was in that category since I’m generally shaped like a barrel, but when talking with owner, Justin, he said, if you haven’t experienced difficulty finding riding shorts that fit your backside, you should get the standard fit. My details for reference: 5’7” 185lbs and find most pants I wear are in the 33–34 range. My Abits are the 32” standards and they are perfect. I also have a pair of 34” shorts but they are bigger than I want when riding so I generally ride the 32s and use the 34s for kicking around the house (very comfortable). I always have Rapha bibs underneath and wear knee pads.
The retention is a comfortable, slim, cam on each hip. As the day goes long, I generally snug them up a hair and it’s easy enough to adjust one handed while riding.
4 pockets, all zippered. The side thigh zipper is perfect for the cell phone. I ride with my phone in my right pocket all the time. It’s my camera and map and the quick access is very easy. That said, I do not recommend riding with your phone in your pocket, as it is at risk of hurting your leg, or you might smash your phone if the ride is interrupted with a crash. There is also enough room to haul enough for a short ride.
The Build! I have 3 seasons on 1 and 2 on the others. There is not a stitch out of place. I ride hard and feel certain I would have shredded most shorts this light by now.
Not for women, yet. Not so fast! Following this review, I received feedback about the fit for women. From sawyer and rider extraordinaire, Xuân Mai Võ, “Ladies! ABit shorts aren’t male or female specific, and don’t need to be because the material and design practically gives you a custom fit!”. She has a lot more to say and we will add it to the upcoming blog. Britta will be posting her recommendations in an upcoming post. *link will be here when it is live.
I guess there isn’t a downside!
So, who is Abit? Behind Abit is Justin Vander Pol. Justin has been working for the mountain bike community for a long time and is a cornerstone member of my local ride community. He was executive director of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, original designer of the infamous Duthie Mountain Bike Park and is frequently found picking up the shovel for dig days.